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Western Engineering Student Endowment Laboratory Fund

August 27, 2019

 2019-2020 Undergraduate Engineering Society members
Matthew Tutty, front row centre, with his fellow 2019-2020 Undergraduate Engineering Society members.

Engineers work across diverse areas of industry, many that depend heavily on technology. Anyone who owns any electronic device knows technology is constantly changing, morphing and improving – challenging everyone to keep up with the latest offerings.

Western Engineering prides itself on preparing graduates to join the industry of their choice, keep pace with developments and assume leadership roles. To hit the ground running, they must be familiar with the latest technological developments. The Western Engineering Student Endowment Laboratory (WESEL) fund was initiated by the Undergraduate Engineering Society (UES) in 2012 to respond to the increasing need to renew and update Western Engineering’s undergraduate laboratory facilities.

Each year, more than 80 per cent of engineering students voluntarily contribute $50 of their student fee to WESEL, and Western Engineering alumni have contributed almost $70,000 to date. Since its inception, the fund has grown from $35,000 to over $610,000 in capital and disbursed over $114,000 for upgrades. The Faculty’s goal is to grow the fund to $1 million and beyond.

The fund committee – made up of students, faculty, staff and an alumnus – reviews applications and decides on the equipment to be purchased with the allocation for expenditure. Often, departments whose labs receive upgrades will match the grant money allocated, doubling the impact of the fund.

With a voice on the fund committee, students see first-hand how their contributions are used to benefit students today and shape the future of Western Engineering.

“Western Engineering students are proud to donate to the WESEL fund as we see the direct impact it has on our learning,” said Matthew Tutty, BESc, HBA candidate, and incoming 2019-2020 UES President. “I appreciate the recent improvements to the chemical engineering laboratories, which allowed me to transfer the theory and knowledge gained from lectures into practice. This hands-on experience augmented my understanding and helped me in summer work placements,” he said.

The WESEL fund ensures Western Engineering laboratories keep pace with technological advances, enabling students to become familiar with the tools of industry and giving them the opportunity to create, explore and potentially develop novel solutions to real-world problems.

Interested in learning how you can support the WESEL fund? Please contact Virginia Daugharty,, 519 661-4209 x84209

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